Jack Dunnett is that rare commodity, a successful independent potato breeder. He has written a remarkable book, "A Scottish Potato Harvest", based on his 46 years in the industry, and anyone with more than a casual interest in potatoes will learn a great deal from reading it - and not just about spuds. His writing is objective and pithy, and the book says more about potato breeding than 100 academic reports.
The variety 'Nadine' was Jack Dunnett's first big success as a potato breeder, and in his book he explains why the usual criticism levelled at it - a bland taste - doesn't matter. Potatoes are a staple crop. Taste for such a crop is secondary to yield, price, ease of cultivation and many other things. And Nadine is undisputably a good all-round world-famous potato - no matter how you cook it, it's OK.
I have started to write a little about
each of the Caithness varieties, which are the ones brought out by
J.D's company Caithness Potatoes Ltd. I am aware of the following
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